There’s snow on the ground in Boulder today which makes today’s post so apropos! We often hear cleansers talk about shivering to the bone after sipping on a frosty green smoothie during the winter months. The feeling can be, well, quite chilling to say the least.
We call this the Winter Smoothie Blues Syndrome (WSBS).
The WSBS occurs in women and men of all ages as a result of drinking too many cold morning beverages throughout the winter months. Symptoms include chattering teeth, shivering, cold hands and feet, and the need to sit at your office desk with a warm woolly blanket.
If you suffer from WSBS then you have to try a warm smoothie!
Yes, you read that correctly. Today’s recipe is for a warm winter smoothie that will leave you feeling nice and cozy!
Sometimes late winter inspiration is hard to come by as we anticipate spring. But while we were strolling the aisles of the market a few days ago these beautiful red pears caught our eye.
Pears are full of fiber, which means they are great for your digestive system. The cinnamon will help regulate your blood sugar – and fight off bad stomach bacteria! But the best part of this smoothie is the uber quick and easy, Homemade Cashew Milk.
Did you know that cashews are nature’s anti-depressant? That’s right! It’s been said that just two handfuls of cashews per day can elevate your mood and improve your mental health.
This warming green smoothie is guaranteed to get you through the last stretch of winter with a smile on your face.
Have you tried a warm smoothie yet? We’d love to hear from you so be sure to leave us a comment below and share your Winter Smoothie Blues with us. Join us on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtags #WSBS and #warmsmoothie.
With warm smoothie love,
Spiced Pear Warm Winter Smoothie
Yield: 1 quart
Ingredients for Homemade Cashew Milk:
- 1 cup cashews, soaked for 4 hours then drained and rinsed
- 4 cups water
Ingredients for Spiced Pear Warm Winter Smoothie:
- 1 cup of Homemade Cashew Milk
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 pear
- 1-2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1” knob of fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 TB. hemp seeds
- 2 cups spinach
To make the cashew milk, combine cashews and 4 cups of water in a high-speed blender until creamy. Store in a glass jar for up to 5 days.
To make the smoothies, combine 1 cup cashew milk, warm water, pear, cinnamon, ginger, hemp seeds, and spinach and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately!
Sounds good. I just made cashew milk last night for another of your recipes. I was also wondering if conventional ginger was ok to eat? I can’t find organic raw ginger at whole foods, and on amazon, it’s not certified organic, so who knows what it really is. As long as I peel it, is it ok?
Hi Jenny, Great questions! Ginger is not on EWG’s Dirty Dozen list (http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty_dozen_list.php) so we would consider it fine to use since you are peeling it. Where we love to use organic as much as possible we also know that it’s not always possible. Thank you for reaching out! Let us know how you like the warm smoothie.
Hey Jo! Do I need a Vitamix or other fancy blender to make the cashew milk? Thanks!
Hi Bridget, You don’t necessarily need a Vitamix. Any high speed blender will work. Also, since you are soaking the cashews and cashews are a softer nut, it will work with most blenders. You might have to go longer if your blender is not a high speed one and soak the cashews a little longer as well.
need some spicy hot smoothies cuz its cold out here in the morning
We totally agree, Lila!
Hi again J and J!,
So, I made it, but not with a pear (instead with an apple,) and no hemp seeds, AND, idiotically used 2 TABLESPOONS of cinnamon (haha,) but, I’m still really enjoying it as a change. I’ve never put raw ginger into a smoothie before nor cashew milk, so this was an awesome change and expands my repertoire.
Still trying to gear up for a cleanse…
So glad you’re enjoying it, Jenny, even with the abundance of cinnamon. :-)
The registration for the Spring Cleanse is open. We would love to have you!
Can you please do more of these? I absolutely love this smoothie and it is exactly what I have been looking for to keep up with my green smoothie drinking in the winter months.
Thank you, I am always inspired by your work and this cleanse.
We are so glad you love this smoothie, Kaley! We find most pear or apple smoothies you can warm up just like this one but we hope to have more on the blog for you soon. XO, Jo & Jules